In October 1997, the National Center for Education Statistics released a statistical analysis report titled Distance Education in Higher Education Institutions (NCES 98-062). A few of the questions in this survey concerned the role of academic and public libraries in distance education. Three of these questions yielded especially interesting results.
- Public libraries popular sites for delivery of distance education courses.
- Library resources most often extended to distance learners from four-year institutions.
- Lack of library resources perceived as a serious obstacle to starting or expanding programs.
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